Vrchotovy Janovice chateau and its park

Vrchotovy Janovice chateau is part of the National Museum. The building was originally built with stone as a Gothic water fortress of the z Janovic noble family. Later, it was rebuilt in the Renaissance style by the z Říčan noble family. The fortress was rebuilt again in the 18th century, this time as a chateau of the Votice branch of z Vrtby counts. The chateau received its current neo-Gothic appearance in the mid-19th century during the reconstruction of the whole estate. The last private owners of the estate were members of the Nádherný (Beautiful) z Borotína family, most notably Baroness Sidonie Nádherná. During the Second World War, the home housed SS military headquarters and barracks. Immediately after the war, it was taken over by the Soviet and later Czechoslovak army. In 1950, the chateau was expropriated and used as a warehouse and archive. The chateau gradually dilapidated and it was only saved from total destruction by the National Museum that took the estate over in the 1950s. The chateau features the following permanent exhibitions: "Czech society in the 19th century", "Rilke, Kraus and Vrchotovy Janovice" and "Czech bell founding". The near-by landscape park is not very large, but is definitely worth a visit. It can easily compete with the famous Průhonice park in Prague. The chateau is open to the public only seasonally. But the park is freely accessible all year round. The whole estate has a very pleasant atmosphere and a walk through the park in spring is a genuine treat.

Route and transport to the site

Walking:

This site is not suitable for a hike from Slapy, due to its remoteness. The combination of car ride and a walk is ideal.

Cycling (approx. 35 km):

Golf Slapy - Slapy - Nová Rabyně - Neveklov - Maršovice - Šebáňovice - Vrchotovy Janovice. Vrchotovy Janovice is quite far away from Slapy, but you can still reach it on your bike. The route mainly follows local roads and will take you through a very beautiful countryside. As the route is rather long, it is recommended for experienced cyclists. You definitely need a whole day for this trip.

By car (approx. 35 km):

Golf Slapy - Slapy - Nová Rabyně - Neveklov - Maršovice - Šebáňovice - Vrchotovy Janovice. You can park your car near the chateau. Even though the site is quite remote from Slapy, the trip is very pleasant. You will not regret making it, especially if you decide to visit the park as well.

GPS coordinates

www.mapy.cz - 49°40'7.734"N, 14°34'41.584"E

Map

Map No. 40 / C3, KČT (Czech Tourist Club) series

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